MEDIA ADVISORY: Kite Runner author to speak during Vanderbilt University’s Senior Day May 13

Khaled Hosseini, author of bestselling books The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns , will receive Vanderbilt University’s prestigious Nichols-Chancellor’s Medal Thursday, May 13, when he will address graduating seniors and their families during Senior Day.

Senior Day will be held in Memorial Gym and precedes Vanderbilt’s Commencement ceremony Friday, May 14. The Nichols-Chancellor’s Medal, which includes a cash prize, is one of the university’s highest honors and is given to individuals who define the 21st century and exemplify the best qualities of the human spirit. It was created and endowed by Vanderbilt Law School graduate Ed Nichols and his wife, Janice, in honor of Edward Carmack and Lucile Hamby Nichols.

Credentials: Media interested in attending should contact Princine Lewis at 615-322-2706. Media attending should be prepared to show valid media identification/press passes.

Broadcast/Photography Media: A riser for broadcast media and print photographers will be located stage left about 70 to 75 feet from the stage. A pool feed of the multi-camera webcast production will be available through an audio/video mult box located at the riser.

Parking Television Trucks: Parking for television trucks is in Lot 64 adjacent to Memorial Gym and across from the Student Life Center on 25th Avenue South.

Print Media: Print media may sit in the media seating area/desks used during basketball games. Wireless Internet is available as well as limited Internet connections.

Parking Print/Radio Media: Parking for print and radio media is in Kensington Garage on 25th Avenue South. The garage is next to Memorial Gym. Media may park on levels five and above in Kensington Garage. Note: There will be increased traffic in the area. Please plan accordingly.

A map showing Commencement-related locations is available here: